Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-30

Vinted on January 30, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Rodney Strong Chardonnay (Sonoma): For the $ you can buy some oak bomb, or go w/ this lively & balanced crowd-pleaser. Your choice. B- #
  • 08 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): This is like magic, it makes the finish totally disappear! Spice & cherry cola help. C #
  • 07 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma): A straight shot of dried black cherry from the 1st sniff all the way thru the tart finish. C+ #
  • 09 Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Western Cape): Q: A product can’t jump the shark as soon as it hits the market, can it? A: Actually, yes it can. C- #
  • 05 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee bomb wrapped in rose petals & sprinkled w/ spice. Could lose a few lbs, but still pretty. B+ #
  • 07 Bressia Monteagrelo Syrah (Mendoza): Just like your overpriced, food-unfriendly New World Syrah, except fairly priced & food-friendly! A- #
  • 06 Bressia Profundo (Mendoza): I don’t often get goosebumps from smelling a wine, esp a Malbec; but this black fruit masterpiece delivers. A #
  • 05 Familia Langley Reserva ‘Urraca’ (Mendoza): As dark as its namesake & lovely, but I’m not convinced it’ll ever grow into its own skin. B+ #

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  • Jo Diaz

    Nice collection of wines. I personally love anything from Rodney Strong… One of my neighbors, about three miles from me. They're summer jazz concert series is worth it for your readers to investigate, if they're planning a summer trip to wine country. I've been to many of their shows (Mindi Abair, Peter White, Darryl Hall and John Oates, Craig Chaquico… all great experiences. With your love of music, Joe, I know this should appeal to you, at least. :-)

    Your footer (By leaving a comment on 1WineDude, you accept the fact that you totally rock, and posses excessive amounts of intelligence and good looks.) made me LOL

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jo!

  • Steve Heimoff

    Can you include retail prices in future reviews?

    • 1WineDude

      I really should, shouldn't I? Of course, it's going to make the available space even smaller for each blurb… which should lead to some very interesting an creative spelling opportunities…

  • Jo Diaz


    How does it play out when a $10 SRP in the US becomes so much more in Pennsylvania?

    I know that PA has a much higher tax rate than any other start in the union… And, yes, somebody's got to have the highest tax rate.

    I just have always wondered how does it feel to see an SRP's of $10, become about $13.50 in Penssylvania?

    Does it just roll of everyone's back as business as usual, or is there a desire to get your taxes more in line with most other states.

    Just askin'

    • 1WineDude

      Basically, sometimes it's a disaster, and sometimes it isn't.

      For the most part, getting a really fine wine means having to pay in some cases 30% more.

      In other cases, where the production is large, the PLCB can actually get the wine at a very cheap price and pass some of that savings on to the consumer. But this is usually for wine that isn't great; still, there are some good values in the $8-$15 range.

      One of the biggest issues is the total lack of wine & spirits knowledge and poor customer service in the PLCB; as a monopoly, they've no incentive to improve customer service. None.

      And it shows.

  • Jo Diaz

    Pennsylvania… oops…

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